A spunky 3rd grader from Lumberton will be honored in New York City Saturday, raising awareness for Down syndrome.
Maher Copty is one of 200 people selected from a global pool of 2,000 that will have their pictures featured in Times Square ahead of the 22nd Annual Buddy Walk hosted by the National Down Syndrome Society.
Maher is excited to be featured in the Big Apple. An accomplishment that makes his mother Joni happy.
“We were so excited and we feel so blessed that he was chosen to represent southeast Texas in time square,” Joni said. "I'm so incredibly proud of my baby and the things he has accomplished."
The Arc of Greater Beaumont works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Director Teri Hawthorne said Maher’s fame wont fade after this weekend because October is “Down Syndrome Awareness” month.
"We at the arc of greater Beaumont have special things planned,” Hawthorne said. “He will have a special role in the Beaumont buddy walk this year. He is going to be on a lot of our publications. He will really help us get the word out about the Beaumont buddy walk."
The “Buddy Walk” in New York City begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The video where Maher will be featured will be posted to YouTube says a representative for NDSS.
Beaumont’s Buddy Walk is scheduled for October 22.
The Greater Arc of Beaumont's website has more information: http://www.arcofbmt.org/
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